NEVER ENDING JOURNEY
by paul hoffmaster
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I used to think that the more I matured, the more I would be content. I thought that achieving Biblical understanding would propel me into a state of satisfaction in which I could rest on the promises of God, while waiting for my transference from an earthly body to a spiritual body. I thought about how much I had learned over my 45 years of ministry. I thought that the day was coming when God would say, “well done, good and faithful servant.” I thought of all that I had learned over the years and remembered the evidences of that knowledge. I thought I could now approach the graduation platform; after all, I had fulfilled the requirements for Biblical studies and Pastoral “in-reach” and it was time to enjoy the personal fruits of my ministry. But the Holy Spirit had other plans!
The more I read the Word, the more I realize how little I really know. I marvel at Scripture that has escaped my attention or even my notice. Some days I open the Word and am amazed at the Truth I discover. Many times I would surface read and get little nibbles here and there, but nothing that I could say were “keepers.” Then I began to let the spiritual net down, and I would be overcome by the depth of the revelations. It was like my vision had changed. I started reading with corrective lenses. The more I read, the more I realized that my self evaluation had missed the mark. I began to realize I was just entering the junior year of my spiritual high school. Just think, it took me 45 years to get where I am today, and I am only a teenager in the Kingdom of God. This is not to say that I have not learned a lot, but there is so much more to learn. I am excited as to what the Scripture holds for my discovery. Oh, for the strength and ability to press on to comprehend what I have been apprehended to see and experience. It is my prayer that as I continue to discover His Truths, He will make available the platforms from which I can convey His revelations.
I challenge every Believer to never think you‘ve arrived at the end of your spiritual journey. Never think you have learned everything that is needed to experience the Kingdom of God. Never think you have acquired enough Scriptural knowledge because your eternal destiny is secure. Never think that the basics of Biblical literature are enough to wrap up your learning experience. Don’t dismantle your tents and build citadels which exhibit only foundational truths. Let the Holy Spirit lead you on a journey of ever increasing truth. Don’t stop growing. Don’t stop seeking truth and understanding. We know that one of these days we will be with the Lord, but until that time, let us move off the “rapture” runway and experience the things God has for us now.
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